MINNEAPOLIS - There's a time-honored saying that says "money talks."
Minneapolis Police hope to spin that phrase a bit, betting that a dramatically increased reward will get someone, anyone, talking about a murderer.
Chief Janee Harteau met with the media Tuesday morning to announce that Spotlight on Crime and Crimestoppers are now teaming up to offer $60,000 to anyone who provides information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Terrell Mayes.
Terrell, then 3-years-old, was fatally shot while scrambling to avoid a hail of bullets fired from outside through the walls of his family's home the day after Christmas, 2011.
Despite an extensive and continuing investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department, no one has been arrested in Terrell's death.
"It's been a year and it's taking a toll on me and my kids," Terrell's mother, Marcia Mayes, told reporters. "That Terrell's not here with us. When I wake up I'm supposed to hear the pitter-patter of a 4-year-old and he's not here."
Spotlight on Crime is offering a reward of up to $50,000 and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 in the hope that someone will come forward with information that will help solve the case. Minneapolis Police have doubled the number of investigators working on finding Terrell's killer, and Clear Channel is featuring his case in a billboard campaign which launches this week touting the rewards.
Homicide investigators believe the person who killed Terrell was actually shooting at someone else, and the bullet either missed the target or ricocheted into the Mayes' home. They are asking the intended target or targets to come forward and make things right.
"It should never be acceptable for a 3-year-old to be struck and killed by a bullet in his home," insisted Chief Harteau.
Marcia Mayes was even more blunt, challenging the person who pulled the trigger and took her son from her. "If it's your will and you've got God in your soul you're gonna turn yourself in. It's been a year, stop runnin."
Police have set up a tip line at 1-877-996-6222.
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